Well, it's St. Patrick's Day and the spotlight's on you, redheads!
From accusations of witchcraft to the infamous Lindsay Lohan fire crotch scandal, our redheaded brethren have been persecuted for centuries. But all of that's changing now that we've realized how influential gingers are. For instance, did you know that some of the first neanderthals were copper topped? Or that Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid was blonde until an artist changed her hair color at the very last minute? Yah. Turns out that gingers are more magical than we ever dreamed. That's why we whipped up a list of their most fantastical attributes. Slainté!
REDHEADS ARE MUTANTS!
A mutated melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene on chromosome 16 is responsible for producing that signature carrot top. But before you go tossing this burn bomb their way, just remember, mutants have feelings, too.
REDHEADS ARE RARE!
It’s true, natural redheads only make up 2% of the planet’s population. Move over watery milk! There's a new sheriff in town!
REDHEADS ARE GOING EXTINCT?!
Well, maybe. Previous reports stated that redheads could go extinct by year 2060, but according to an article by HowStuffWorks, recessive genes can become rare but don't disappear completely unless everyone carrying that gene dies or fails to reproduce. So global disasters aside, gingers are back on the endangered species list. UPGRADE!!
REDHEADS MAKE THEIR OWN LIGHT!
It’s no secret that redheads exposed to sunlight burn worse than the insides of a Hot Pocket fresh out of the microwave - but no sweat. The vitamin-D we mere mortals soak up from the sun is actually produced inside of redheads when exposed to very low light sources. And that's the story of why gingers are so shady.
REDHEADS ARE INVINCIBLE!
Sorta. The same mutated MC1R gene that creates those luscious red locks also affects the body’s pain receptors. This means redheads have a higher threshold for pain - it even makes them harder to knock out with anesthesia. BONUS!
REDHEADS ARE A HAIR SHORTER THAN THE REST OF US!
Less is more, right? Weirdly, gingers clock in around 90,000 strands of hair, compared to blondes with 110,000, and brunettes with 140,000. If it's any consolation, though, redheads' manes are a lot thicker than normal. Also, red makes up about 30% of the color women choose when dying their hair at home.
Oh, and for all you strawberry blondes out there trying to join the Ginger Club, that’s cute and all, but save yourself the embarrassment, k?
If this list proves anything, it's that redheads have stood the test of time and emerged triumphant. Still a non-believer? Then just remember it was a god that brought fire to man.
This blog was approved by our resident ginger-in-chief, Suzy.